+++Electric vs manual+++ Whether you think using an electric toothbrush is better than normal manual tooth-brushing or not, how many of us can say that we brush our teeth for a full two minutes twice a day? I must admit that when they first came out, I thought leccy toothbrushes were just for the plain lazy among us. Perhaps I'm right. Research mostly suggests that electric toothbrushes are better than manual ones, but some people disagree, saying that using a regular toothbrush for two minutes at a time, following the gumline and paying attention to problem areas, should be just as good as the effect produced when using an electric brush. The way I see it is that even those who don't think electric toothbrushes are much better than normal ones, there must be a reasonable proportion of those people who are even in the slightest bit lazy and would like some help in maintaining the 2 minutes twice a day ritual that should help us keep our teeth and gums plaque free and healthy. I'd not used a modern type electric toothbrush before, (i.e. those with round brushheads) but an old style one I have used in the past proved to be pretty good. Coupled with a wish to avoid the dentist for as long as possible, I decided to hunt for a suitable toothbrush earlier this week. I had no idea how much they would be, and so did a little internet searching before heading off to Boots. From other dooyoo ops, I figured Braun were pretty good, and came in wide range of prices. +++SPECIAL OFFER!!!+++ One of my main reasons for writing this review now is that I came across what I class as a very good electric toothbrush at an affordable price at Boots. www.wellbeing.com was unable to clarify when exactly the offer ends, but I was able to get the Braun Oral-B Plak Control Family Power Toothbrush D9 for £14.99, normally retailing at £29.99. To give you an idea of how good that price is (other than obviously being a 50% discount),
www.shavers.co.uk stock replacement parts for Braun toothbrushes, and they sell the replacement body for this toothbrush set for £15.99 (the charging stand being additional.) (Extra note for girls: until 1st April 2003, if you spend over £15 at Boots, you'll get a £5 voucher to spend on No.7 products, so if you do take advantage of this offer, make sure you buy some (sugar free) chewing gum or something equally cheap to take you over £15!!!) I just thought I would share my little find, in case any fellow dooyooers have also been considering buying a lazy toothbrush too! +++What do you get?+++ The 'cheaper' Braun toothbrushes come in plastic packaging, rather than a box. I think it was themoomin's op on this electric toothbrush that warns about the problems you encounter trying to open the packaging that comes with this product. I won't go on at length, but you do need scissors and patience. As you can't get into the packaging whilst in the shop, I'd advise having a look at one in a box to get an idea of the weight of the toothbrush, and just generally get an idea if it's what you're after. The boxed toothbrushes at the cheap to mid price range appeared to be essentially the same as the one I was interested in, so it seems good for comparison. The toothbrush itself is white with blue controls. In all it's slightly longer than a manual toothbrush, and the handle/body of the toothbrush is probably about as fat and long as a tube of smarties (ooh dear, can I mention chocolate in a 'clean teeth' op?) This particular model comes with a storage tower/charging base which holds the toothbrush and charges it when it's plugged in to the mains. I've never seen an electric toothbrush with such a tall storage holder. Again, think tube of smarties height-wise. However, this tower comes with a flip-up lid which, when opened, causes a little tray divided int
o two sections to pop up. Each section holds one replacement toothbrush head, stored vertically. Having read into toothbrushing (only for the purposes of this op, I hasten to add!!) research suggests that people should have two toothbrushes, one for the morning and one for the night, giv ing the toothbrush time to dry to kill bacteria. I've never heard this before, but certainly you could store your morning toothbrush in one compartment, and your evening toothbrush in the other section of the pop-up. I suppose the idea behind this toothbrush storage holder is that you keep one replacement head on the brush itself, and the other two are for other members of the family (hence the name "family power toothbrush." You can mount the storage tower on the wall using the fixings provided, but if you choose not to, it seems that the power cord wraps around the rear of the storage base, should you wish to put the charger away when not in use. The D9 version of the Braun toothbrush comes in a variety of models, but the one I chose comes with a timer. I did worry that this would be a bit like an alarm clock or kitchen timer, perhaps waking everyone in the house once your two minutes of brushing are up. Given that I didn't read the instructions prior to use, it did take me a few minutes to realise that what I thought was the battery failing was actually the signal that the two minutes of brushing were up. Effectively, after two minutes, the toothbrush 'pulses,' so that it feels like it's going to stop or run out battery, just for a few seconds, as it becomes intermittent. Should you wish to keep brushing, you need not do anything but continue to use the brush. Obviously, you can stop brushing before two minutes is up, but it is really useful to have the reminder of when two minutes is, just so that you can clean your teeth to dentists' recommendations, should you wish. This model comes with one toothbrush h
ead on the toothbrush itself, and a further, replacement toothbrush head. N.B: you DON'T get a plug that you can put straight into the wall. As this product is for bathroom use, the plug provided on the product plugs into a shaver socket. I bought a shaver adapter so that I can plug straight into a normal wall socket. This set me back only #1.65 from a hardware shop. The toothbrush comes with a 1 year guarantee for defects in the appliance. Additionally, a 12 month performance guarantee allows you to return the toothbrush to Braun if you are not convinced that it significantly reduces plaque. Braun promise a full refund. A short form is included with the instructions for this purpose. However, you must keep the evil, sharp plastic packaging within which to return said toothbrush! +++Is it easy to use?++ Well the simple answer is yes. You must charge the toothbrush for 16 hours prior to first use. This should provide 30 minutes of continuous use, and so will last about a week before you next need to charge it. (I have it on good authority from other dooyoo ops that the charge does last this long.) Other than that, it's easy to operate, just press the larger button on the blue control panel to switch on, and the smaller one to switch off. However, when using the brush, you need to be careful not to apply too much pressure, as it's simply not necessary. The brushhead oscillates 7,600 times a minute, and so all you need to do is move the brush over your teeth, using your normal amount of toothpaste and water. The instructions with the product show diagrams of how to use, but it's not difficult to figure out. It does feel kind of lazy, but at the same time, very effective. Once the two minutes is up, just rinse your brush as normal, dry and either replace in the stand for further charge, or set it aside on its own. Another piece of research I read recommends always rinsing your toothbrush in co
ld rather than hot water, as this keeps the bristles softer, meaning you are less likely to cut your gums. +++How effective is it?+++ After using my toothbrush for the first time, I noticed that my teeth felt noticeably cleaner and they looked better too. Obviously, I've only had the product for a few days, but already I can feel a difference. You should be aware that your gums may bleed for the first few times of use, while you get used to the toothbrush. The first two times I used my brush, I found that this was the case, but after that it was fine. If your gums bleed for more than a week, then the instructions recommend visiting your dentist. +++What about replacement toothbrush heads?+++ All the blurb I have read indicates that all Braun Oral-B brushheads fit the toothbrush. On first glance, the replacements can seem very expensive because you generally buy them in multipacks, but they seem to work out at around £3 each. Of course, this is what you could spend on a decent manual toothbrush. You should change to a new toothbrush head every 3 months, and to assist you in when to change, the bristles are white and green. After about 3 months, the green colour should fade as an indication that the brush needs changing. Replacing the heads is a simple matter of pulling off the old one and pushing on a new one. Each pack of replacement heads has different colour collars round the base of each brushhead, so that different family members know which brush is theirs, if several people use the same toothbrush body. +++Conclusion++ As you will see, I've not had my toothbrush long, but I've been sold on the idea of leccy toothbrushes for a long time anyway and I know they work. This model of toothbrush at its current price at Boots is, in my view, excellent value for money. Go on, give your teeth a treat!
I bought a Braun Electric Toothbrush when my dentist was selling them cheap. (never one to pass up on a bargain me!!). I had changed dentists because my previous dentist was, to put it bluntly rubbish. I had been with him for about 3 years and had left his surgery several times in tears. My new dentist (we shall call him Saviour from now on) commented on how bad the tartar was on my teeth. He had a little camera to show me and it was disgusting!! So I bought the plaque remover (along with some Sensodyne toothpaste) and went home. My toothbrush came in a sealed hard plastic cover - which I find really annoying. I end up looking like something out of a Monty Python sketch with me stamping on the cover or taking a chainsaw to it! Why on earth cant they find something more user friendly? When I had finally opened the package, there is the brush handle, the charging unit, two brush heads and instructions. The instructions provided are very comprehensive being both pictures and written. The written instructions are in simple straightforward language (besides how hard can it be to use a toothbrush?) The brush handle contains a rechargeable nickel-cadmium battery, and this needs to be fully charged before the brush can be used for the first time. The charging unit comes with a shaver point plug attached, (ok if you have a shaver point in the bathroom - if not an adapter to fit a normal socket can be picked up quite cheaply). The brush handle fits onto the charging unit and a green light appears to show that the brush is charging. The first time takes 16 hours - this will ensure the battery is fully charged and will give an operation time of 30 minutes. This doesn?t sound a great deal but how long do you brush your teeth for? The one drawback is that there is no indication as to when the battery is fully charged - although the battery can never be overcharged - it would be nice to know it is ready for use. When not in
use the brush can be stored on the charging unit, but if like me you haven?t got a shaver point, I tend to leave the charging unit next to the socket! The charging unit comes with a back plate that you can attach to the wall. There are two brush heads supplied with the brush - these come with different coloured discs that can be attached to the bottom part of the brush so that you can tell them apart. The brush head fits onto the top of the handle with a simple click. The brush heads are the indicator type. With use the blue colour of the bristles will start to recede. This should take around 3 months - when the colour has receded more than halfway it is time to change the brush head. All types of Braun brush heads are compatible with the brush handle. The only drawback with using this type of toothbrush is the cost of the replacement heads. Expect to pay anything from £3.99 upwards for two brushes. When using the brush for the first time, remember that once you have put toothpaste on the brush - put the brush to your teeth before turning on. Many a time my mirror has been splattered with flying paste (especially after a good night out!). There is a knack to using an electric toothbrush - it is important to let the brush do the work for you - it rotates at approximately 2400 rpm. Don't try to press on too hard or you'll end up wearing your gums away which is more trouble than its worth, also you will notice that the bristles will splay if you press too hard. Also try to angle the brush at 45 degrees to your gum line, this will ensure that the brush cleans away plaque just below your gum line where it causes the most trouble. Remember to do all four sides of your teeth if possible and spend at least 2 minutes doing all your teeth. This brush comes with a timer that will cause the brush to stop shortly 3 times after two minutes. At first this seems like an age! But eventually you get cleaning your teeth in two minutes dow
n to a fine art! Well after using the Braun plaque remover for about 3 months I have had no tartar whatsoever, (with a little bit of help from the hygienist!). My dentist has also said the health of my gums has improved significantly. It really does keep plaque at bay. The brush caused me some discomfort at first - especially at the gum line. This is normal as the brush cleans just below the gum line to remove plaque. I could never go back to a conventional toothbrush now - too much hard work!! So, a very good brush which cuts down on nasty scraping by hygienists - ah heaven!!
Clean teeth are a welcoming sight. All my life I have used a manual toothbrush, until a few months ago. I went out and bought myself a Braun electric toothbrush. What a difference it makes. When you rub your tongue over your teeth you can feel a slime free zone even in the hard to reach places. It Removes a lot more plaque than a manual toothbrush. With an ordinary toothbrush you tend to scrub hard to get rid of the stains. The harder you scrub the more chance you have of getting Gingivitis. Gingivitis is the inflammation of the gums around your teeth. The gums become inflamed and bleed, with these open wounds' bacteria breeds, leading to more serious conditions. (Who wants to be gummy) With the Braun electric toothbrush the bristles are soft and give you a deep yet gentle clean between all of your teeth. Gradually removing plaque and bacteria after you have used it for a while. Brushing three times a day preferably or after each meal. The brush stands on a base that you plug into a shaver socket to charge up. On the base is a storage space for 2 brush heads. Once a week you will have to charge the brush up, let it charge for an hour or so. There is a charge light indicator. The brush itself has an on/ off button. The ultra speed and oscillating movements reach right in between each tooth giving a perfect clean. There is also a timer which after 2 minutes starts to pulse to let you know that you’ve cleaned your teeth long enough. You can of course turn it off and back on again if you want to brush longer. The bristles of the brush aren’t flat they are uneven. So that they can reach deep into small spaces. The bristles are green and white, when the green colour fades you know it is time to replace your brush head. The price of the whole brush itself is £29.00 (It comes with 2 spare brushes) You will of course have to replace the brush heads every couple of months l
ike you do with an ordinary toothbrush. You can buy a pack of two replacement heads for £7.99. How to use it. Open your mouth and let the brush do the work, all you have to do is move it from tooth to tooth, front and back. This is an ideal brush for children as it does prevent them from brushing too hard and causing damage to their precious teeth. Smile :o)
Ooooh. I’m all excited, and I can’t stop running my tongue over my teeth. I’ve been getting funny looks from the people at work, but I don’t care. My teeth feel squeaky clean – even the ones right at the back – my smile is more dazzling than ever, and it’s all thanks to my new toothbrush! I would never have contemplated buying an electric toothbrush were it not for the hygienist’s squeals of horror last time I went for a routine scrape and polish. She told me I had the onset of gingivitis – a mild form of gum disease (euwwww) - due to the build-up of nasty bacteria on my gums, and that an electric toothbrush would be much more effective at removing it than a normal, ordinary, basic brush. So . . . I left the dentist feeling suitably chastened, and with the honest intention of buying an electric toothbrush at the first opportunity. But, being a forgetful Moomin, I didn’t. Some three months later I was back at the dentist for a replacement filling, and on the way out remembered the toothbrush. I bought one there and then, for the princely sum of £19.99. Clutching my new purchase in my sweaty paws, I ran all the way home – desperate to try it out. Attractively packaged in clear plastic, the first thing that happened when I tried to open the toothbrush was that I couldn’t. No amount of swearing at it helped, and even armed with a pair of scissors I had trouble. In the end Mr Moomin got it open, but not without a struggle. So there was me already wishing I hadn’t bothered with the darn thing before I even used it. I don’t know how an elderly person or a child would cope with this packaging – maybe I just got a rogue box. But it was very annoying, and I wasn’t impressed! Now, the dentist had helpfully advised me to charge the toothbrush for a full 16 hours before using it for the first time. It’s just as well she did, as i
t doesn’t say so in the instructions and, being a non-technical moomin, I might have only charged it up for a short while. The charger is supplied, as are two heads (with different coloured base rings so you can share with a friend), and an instruction leaflet. The charger itself can be attached to the wall with the screws/wall plugs provided, and doubles as a storage tower for the brush itself and up to two spare heads. Pretty neat! Oh, it is a two-pin plug though, so you will need either a shaving socket or a 2-to-3 pin adapter to get it up and running. Next morning, I jumped out of bed early to get in the bathroom first. After a few exploratory switches of the ON and OFF buttons (hardly rocket science, this), I added some toothpaste and gingerly pressed the madly rotating bristles against my teeth. Wow! It was a completely new sensation, and required no effort at all. I was enjoying myself so much that it hardly seemed seconds before the in-built timer (3 short bursts of action) told me I’d completed the recommended 2 minutes of brushing. My teeth felt really clean, and looked whiter too . . . I was instantly converted. The instructions are comprehensive and clear, with simple diagrams and advice on using and cleaning the brush. The water-resistant handle is easy to operate, has an anti-slip grip, and is mostly white apart from a bit of lilac round the buttons – so it matches my bathroom perfectly! The brushhead has INDICATOR® bristles which change from green to white with use, to help you decide when to replace it, and the bristles are in two lengths (interdental tips, apparently) so you can get right into all those nooks and crannies. Not only that, but the sheer speed of the thing means that your toothpaste turns from a gooey blob into ‘micro-foam’ in less time than it takes to say ‘Blimey-look-at-all-this-micro-foam-that-penetrates-difficult-to-reach-areas -where-bacteria-can-hide!’. If you brush
twice a day for two minutes, each charge up will last a week, so in the meantime you can shove the charger into a drawer and forget about it. It’s quick, convenient, and fun!! According to the leaflet enclosed, the brushhead should be changed every three months, as the bristles won’t be as effective at removing plaque (plak??) after that time. All Oral-B Plak Control/Plaque Remover brushheads will fit the handle, so there’s no danger of buying this brush and not being able to get the right bristles in a year’s time! Stockists include dentists, chemists, and major supermarkets. SPECIFICATION: Braun Oral –B Plak Control Ultra Power Toothbrush Type D 79525 Made in Germany For detailed product info, including a better picture than the poxy one above (sorry dooyoo!), try: www.oralb.com/products/product.asp?tid=products&sub=power&cid=power&pid=plakco ntrol Or for more general stuff try these websites: www.braun.com www.oralb.com I’d have given this product 5* were it not for the fight I had to open it, during which I could have seriously injured myself with a pair of scissors or a knife. As it is, I give it 4, and the moomin’s seal of approval! Keep smiling!!! 8)
I bought me toothbrush a year and a half ago. It was when I had just moved into my new house so I was browsing round comet or Dixons or some similar store when I came across a sale in Electric Toothbrushes. Ooooo what’s this a cheapish gadget that I don’t own!?! I must buy this, not on the basis of whiter teeth, but Cool a groovy gadget that I don’t already own! It cost, I think, around £15 and it come with a charger that has one of those two prong bathroom plugs. (Why these are deemed safer in the bathroom I have no idea!) Anyway I do not have one of those sockets which is the first annoying thing, but I had an adaptor. This means I have to put brush in another room to charge it. I have been known to get up in the morning go to brush teeth and forget where it is! SO after I bought it, I unpacked it, checked it worked. Then plonked on shelf ready for the morning. Got up put some toothpaste on brush and and the toothpaste flew off! Handy Tip :- put toothbrush in mouth before switching on! Anyway instantly I could feel my teeth were getting a better brush than usual. The brush has a two-minute timer, after two minutes it pauses for a few seconds so you know you have brushed for the recommended time. SO two minutes later and I had a set of pearly whites. After a week I deffo noticed the difference. I always notice the difference when I use a normal brush. When going away at weekends etc I don’t take it with me cos its so big and bulky and can start up in bag, which can be embarrassing standing about and something in your bag starts vibrating! So you can end up at your destination with flat battery and the toothbrush is useless if you try and use it like a normal one. I also find that it gets a bit gunky on the bottom from toothpaste running down it, so it leaves a lovely (not) mark on the bathroom shelf. After a few months I was very pleased with my purchase, then it happened
… it was time to buy a new head. The blue bristles had worn down indicating it had seen its day. So off I trot to the supermarket, thinking pop in spend a couple pound, whole brush cost £15 so shouldn’t cost much for a couple new heads. Boy was I wrong!!! £8 for two, I feel ripped off. I now see why the brush as a whole was so cheap the companies make their money on the replacement heads. You can buy then in packs of 1,2 or 3 generally but I grudge paying over £10 in a go for a few toothbrush heads, so I bought two. I think I will buy a new toothbrush after they are finished and get a new fangled one with a bendy head! I always keep old toothbrushes as handy cleaning aids, I reckon this one will have my house gleaming when its put to its other use ! So to sum up the highs and lows the of the leccy toothbrush :- Good Points :- · Gives teeth an excellent clean, your dentist will be pleased (but not with the money you’ll save in bills) · Toothbrush with charger relatively cheap · Once charged lasts for a few weeks without needing charged(maybe that’s just me not cleaning for long enough though!) Bad points · Replacements heads cost a fortune · Not good for travelling as can start vibrating in bag and cause funny looks! · Leaves gunky marks on bathroom shelf Don’t delay get yours today
My old electric toothbrush had been around for years and I was getting fed up with having to give it the odd thump on the edge of the sink to get it going, so I decided to buy a new one. The Braun Oral B with Timer looked to be what I wanted and it was very reasonable price wise. The holder is white and green plastic and you push a brush into in the end. It did feel a little bit odd as it is more cumbersome than my old model. The speed of brushing is fairly high although I wouldn't like to hazard a guess at 'strokes per minute'! There is also a two minute timer that tells you when you've brushed long enough. This is very useful if you have children. There is a storage box for up to 2 brush heads so I assume that if all the family want to use this you would buy each one a plastic box with their own brushes in it. The charging unit is small and compact and there is an LCD light which tells you charging is in progress. As far as operation is concerned I have no problems with this model. It is efficient and easy to use, but I don't like the shape of it. It just doesn't feel right for me and I'm having trouble getting used to it. I think that perhaps its because the casing of the handle has a flat front to it. This is just one of those strange things (peculiar to myself no doubt) and is not really a criticism of the product. At just £29 this is a bargain as it has the Braun guarantee of quality and design. It works well and is suitable for all the family (except very young children of course.)
I've been using electric toothbrushes these past thirty years, since my other half introduced them to me. Their main benefit is an excellent gum massage which stops bleeding gums forever. The only worthwhile innovation in the past decades has been the cordless, rechargeable feature. I don't care for the rotary models and feel that the old oscillating ones did a better job but they are no longer around. About every 3 to 4 years the rechargeable battery goes and we replace the brush, usually in the duty-free whilst travelling. The other half is even more gadget crazy than I and always gets the newest. This time it was greater speed and a timer. The speed did not worry me but the timer drove me up the wall. I seem to spend more time on my teeth than the manufacturers deem necessary, and the brush comes to a stop before time, falters & stutters before finally resuming it's job and letting me finish. I am happy the old one has a few months of life left in it.I hope it lasts till our next trip abroad. Fortunately the brush heads are interchangeable as replacements are expensive. I think the timer feature is a complete waste of money, and for once hubby agrees.
Short name: Oral-B D9525